Hi folks, I thought I'd turn to the only sane resource I know for gear advice, TGP... So, I'm planning on buying a new acoustic. I figured I'd go for a semi-acoustic as the big band I'm in occasionally needs me to use one and it means I have any open mics/acoustic shows covered if they come up. I've been into my local shop and had a look around on line and I'm now havering between two guitars - aMartin 000X1AE and a Recording King RD17-CFE (I think that's the model). The Martin plays beautifully off the hook, really nice classic tone and the neck is very workable. Unfortunately, once plugged in, it gets very glassy and has that woolly treblyness that sounds like there's too much gain on the channel when there isn't. The on board Fishman unit only has Volume and Tone so the best I can do is roll off the highs on the guitar and juggle my amp or the PA settings. The Recording King is an equally nice player and benefits from a cutaway. It's naturally brighter and bigger sounding than the Martin as it's a bigger bodied guitar. It sounds good plugged too and has Bass, Mid, Treble, Brightness and Volume controls on the pre-amp. It's also £200 less than the Martin. I spent about 40 minutes going between both guitars today and I'm still not convinced although I think I'm swaying towards the RK but I want to try it with different strings. Have any of you ever asked the guitar store guys to re-string a guitar to help you decide whether you'd buy it or not? I'm pretty well known in the store and the worst they'd do is tell me to stop being a pest but I also don't want to put them out unnecessarily. If it helps, and for perspective, my only acoustic has been a Fender DG-17EM that I got when I started playing guitar 15 years ago. I've always liked it's sound (and just found out that it has a solid spruce top) but over the years the electrics have gone and the intonation is too shaky to rely on for gigs. Anyway, appreciate your thoughts. Cheers.